Artists and climate change

For those among you interested in climate change and the North specifically, this site and project was brought to my attention by Chantal  Bilodeau, its creator. Chantal is a playwright and is the artistic director of  The Arctic Cycle , Founder, Artists & Climate Change, Co-founder, Climate Change Theatre Action , Curator, Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Check out Chantal’s…

Visit to Brooklyn, NY- preliminary steps towards setting up the first workshop and exhibit of the Northern Women Arts Collaborative in New York.

By Michele Hayeur Smith. From March 15th to 19th, 2018 I travelled to New York city to visit an old friend and artist, Dara Oshin and was given the opportunity to meet artist, Anne Mourier, known for her sculpture, collage and photography and more recently for working on female issues and textiles. http://www.annemourier.com. Discussions with…

Stringing Together Purpose and People

  I remember playing Cats Cradle as a kid in New Jersey.  I never really thought about where the game came from.  Recently however, while talking with anthropological archeologist Michele Hayeur Smith, I learned a bit about Inuit culture and life in the Circumpolar Region that led me to do further research and to the…

Traditional and Contemporary Textile Art in Northern Iceland

by Heidi Bergstrom Some people are fortunate enough to make it to Reykjavik but not the environs further away when they go to Iceland and therefore they miss the opportunity to experience an immense and diverse range of culture that I learned, can be had in the country. Encounters with contemporary art of a high calibre are just one…

The Amauti as a Symbol of Protection

Cocoon, Pen and Ink, Metallic Acrylic Paint and Laundry Lint, 2017 During my recent involvement with the Northern Women Arts Collaborative, I have become interested in learning about Inuit culture.  The Amauti is the first thing that grabbed my attention.  The design of the Amauti is beautifully symbolic of motherhood at its most basic level of nurturing and protecting. The Amauti,…

The Warp-Weighted Loom- Book review

Audur Hildur Hákonardóttir A thank you note read at the book opening event in Bergen City library  December 16th 2016. “The key to understanding why words and images from spinning and weaving are still in use even after we have entered the forth dimension world and the digital age, when the majority of Western women…

Reproducing a vararfeldur

By Marled Mader Varar- or Röggvarfeldur My project for this time staying ast the Textile Center, Blönduós, Iceland is making a vararfeldur. The first to reproduce a real vararfeldur were Hildur (hope to meet you sometimes somewhere in real), who is part of this wonderful Northern-Women-Project, Elizabeth from Shetlands and Marta from Norway. They wrote…

Cowichan Knitting: History and Continuity

In this post I will focus on the a bit more on the background history of the Cowichan knitters and their techniques and how contemporary artists are responding to this history and honouring it.